You Always Take It With You, Even On Road Trips

This past weekend, I took a road trip to see the family. a very long 9 hour road trip to the lovely Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin. Oh how I love the singular fabulousness of a sign that says “Cheese Hut” or “Cheese Shop” with a huge mouse out front! You Wisconsinites know exactly what I am talking about! Some people hate those kinds of drives. I find them cathartic. I do my best thinking behind the wheel with nothing but flat prairie or rolling hills ahead of me.

You see, I really needed this road trip. I needed to get out of the city and back to the country. I needed to get away from St. Louis for a while; leave it all behind and eat cheese curds from the cheese shop and hang out with family. Nothing better in my book than time with the family and GETTING AWAY!

market square cheese

Kind of funny though, getting away isn’t getting away at all.  As we cruised to and from our destination, I was struck with just how much we take with us. Now don’t misunderstand; I don’t mean bags and luggage and coolers and pillows and stuff. We do bring tons of that because we have practice in the art of the road trip. But I mean how much of the people, ideas, sayings, music, and spirits of those who are or have been part of our lives stay with us wherever we go.

My conversations with my sister and niece are always ironic because we joke that we are becoming our parents! We hear our mother and grandmother’s advice coming out of our own mouths. The eyebrows and the looks I give are my father’s mannerisms through and through. The way we raise our children, what we value, how we spend money, how we pinch pennies, what flowers we grow – all influences of the people we were raised by.

On the way home, I also started to think about some other gifts we take with us and what my son will take with him. What has he been learning, what is important to him, what will his biggest influences be? Will it be the music we listened to, the video games he plays or the sports he enjoys? Will he love a good Cheese Hut too?

We are the sum of all of our experiences. We can’t get away from them or deny them. By doing so, we only deny parts of ourselves and we take away part of our own personal power. Acknowledge these experiences, embrace them, learn from them, be emboldened by these experiences, because you always take them with you wherever you go.

Here’s hoping you find more of yourself on your next road trip!

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See Hairspray At The Muny – The Friday Vine

Hairspray At The Muny

Your Real Life chance to win something fun in St. Louis every month is here with #TheFridayVine contest. Find out how to win below…

May 2015 – Hairspray At The Muny

The Friday Vine May prize is… Two (2) tickets to see Hairspray at The Muny in Forest Park.

Each week, we’ll give you some clues and you guess which celebrity we are talking about. Each celebrity appeared in a movie adaptation of Hairspray. We’ll pick the winner on May 29, 2015.


Day 3: (Hint: Turned down the role of Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman)


Day 2: (Hint: Starred in a movie with Nicolas Cage)


Day 1: (Hint: Has had movie roles alongside both Gerard Butler and Eminem)


Here’s how to win: 1. Select Fridays of each month we will post #TheFridayVine video on our homepage. (You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get the clues). 2. To enter, you will need to watch the Vine video and put together the clues. 3. Enter to Win by completing the form below (only visible during contest times). 4. For each answer you get correct, you will be given an entry into the contest. 5. The winner will be randomly selected from all entries and announced on the last Friday of each month. You can only enter once per Vine video. However, you can get an extra entry by sharing a tweet, presented to you after you complete the entry form. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to find out about next month’s #TheFridayVine giveaway, plus other great STL events and giveaways happening each month. Good Luck!

Friday Vine - May 2015

The Friday Vine for May 2015. Win tickets to see Hairspray at The Muny


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Weekend Movie Guide: Pitch Perfect 2, Mad Max: Fury Road

Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road open this weekend


Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road open in wide release this weekend.

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Recapping Last Weekend

Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s receipts dropped 59.4% in its second weekend of release, but still brought in $77.7 million to lead the weekend box office. The sequel has now grossed $313.4 million domestically and will likely hit the $1 billion mark worldwide this weekend.

Hot Pursuit opened just shy of $14 million while The Age of Adaline pulled in $5.8 million. Furious 7 pulled in another $5.4 million in its sixth weekend of release. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 brought in $5.3 million and now sits at $58 million in ticket sales versus its budget of $30 million.

Ex Machina moved into 725 more theaters across the country over the weekend and increased its receipts by 53 percent to $3.5 million. Unfriended pulled in $1.5 million in its fourth weekend and has now made $31 million at the box office. The people behind the film have to be happy with that considering it only had a budget of $1 million.


Pitch Perfect 2

The Bellas are back in Pitch Perfect 2. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson (the hot one), Brittany Snow, Adam DeVine and most of the rest of the aca-awesome cast return in the sequel to the 2012 hit. Hailee Steinfeld of True Grit fame also joins the cast. Pitch Perfect made $65 million domestically and $113 million worldwide at the box office on a budget of $17 million. Reviews of Pitch Perfect 2 have been mixed with some questioning the decision of having Elizabeth Banks direct. Writing in Forbes, Scott Mendelson says the sequel “out-sings, outshines its predecessor“.

Pitch Perfect 2 officially opens tomorrow, but you can catch it tonight at select theaters around the St. Louis area. The fabulous AMC Esquire 7 and several other theaters have showings tonight beginning at 7 pm. The film opens tomorrow at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Glowing reviews of Mad Max:Fury Road, like this one from Wired, are rolling in. Tom Hardy takes the Max Rockatansky torch from Mel Gibson in this reboot that also features Charlize Theron, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult.

Screen Rant thinks Mad Max: Fury Road will pull in about $40 million this weekend at the box office while Pitch Perfect 2 will top the charts with $49 million. They note that the Mad Max advertising campaign has touted the beauty of the film and the need for audiences to see it on the big screen.

See Mad Max: Fury Road tonight at 7 pm at MX Movies in downtown St. Louis.

Catch It Before It’s Gone

The live-action Cinderella makes its way to Keller 8 Cinema this weekend.

Make It A Redbox Night

Mortdecai and Still Alice are among the movies coming to Redbox this week.

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National Police Week 2015

This week marks the annual celebration of the brothers and sisters in blue – National Police Week 2015. JFK signed a proclamation in 1962 that designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and whichever week it falls is Police Week. All across the country Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) gather in Washington DC to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. This year, the roll call of the fallen officers reached 273 names. I have the honor of being married to and being surrounded by some of the most amazing people who are part of this fraternal brotherhood.

I’m so proud of my husband, my LEO – it’s not easy to serve and protect the community in such a vulnerable capacity; many of the residents don’t want you there, and some would even take any opportunity they could to take your life and celebrate the very act of doing so. Yet he and many others get up every day (or every night) and put their lives out there to protect everyone, including the haters. My LEO won’t often discuss his work experiences with me, but I do know enough to tell you that he has done more in the past 5 years for his fellow man than I could ever hope to do in my entire life. He is one of the most caring, compassionate, and intelligent people I know – and I’m so glad he asked me to marry him 11 years ago – despite my countless sleepless nights and my inability to ever watch the news again (I guess I’m not really missing much anyway, right?).

Please take a moment out of your busy day to say a silent prayer or positive thought for the men and women in uniform. They sacrifice more than many of us can understand: missed holidays, birthdays, special occasions and SLEEP. And remember – they are someone’s husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, or friend. They are people. They are selfless. They deserve the opportunity to earn our respect.

To all of the LEOs reading this – know that you are loved, cared about, and important. You matter. For every one individual that spews hate to you, there are five more behind him or her to offer you their thanks and a hug for what you do. To the specific LEOs in my life – the men that my children lovingly refer to as “uncle” – thank you for taking care of my husband. He would do anything for any of you, and I know the favor would be returned without hesitation. My children absolutely idolize you and truly think of you as real life superheroes. Please, be careful out there – we need each and every one of you here with us.


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Man With Jetpack Flies Over Dubai

Man with jetpack flies over Dubai
Credit: YouTube screenshot

Videos of the Wednesday for May 13, 2015

Man With Jetpack Flies Over Dubai

The man with the jetpack is back again and this time he brought along a friend. Yves Rossy has released several videos of him doing crazy things with his jetpack like flying next to a B17 Bomber. His latest video has him and Vince Reffet flying over Dubai.


Trailer Released For New Edition Of The Muppets

ABC announced that The Muppets will be returning to television this fall. Bill Prady of Big Bang Theory fame is behind the new show. It’s been called a “short of adult” show about the real side of the characters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and others.


Jem And The Holograms Trailer Released

On October 23, 2015 the classic children’s show Jem and The Holograms gets the live-action movie treatment.  Aubrey Peeples of Nashville fame plays Jem. The movie also stars Juliette Lewis, Ryan Guzman and Molly Ringwald. Fans of the original Jem cartoon took to the internet to voice their displeasure with the trailer.


Scotty McCreery Performs With Former Elementary School Choir

Scotty McCreery recently paid a return visit to his former school, Timber Drive Elementary in Garner, North Carolina. The reason for the visit was a request by his former music to teacher to sing with her fifth grade class.


Brad Paisley Releases “Crushin’ It” Music Video

The just-released music video for Brad Paisley’s “Crushin’ It” takes a completely opposite approach to telling the song’s story compared with your typical country music video. The video features other country stars such as Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line as well. All of these character are actually cartoon figures drawn by Brad Paisley.


Adam Sandler Sings A Musical Farewell To David Letterman

Adam Sandler performed this NSFW song on the Late Show with David Letterman as a tribute to the retiring host. While the song pushes boundaries, it’s much better than The Cobbler.


Anna Kendrick Plays Egg Russian Roulette With Jimmy Fallon 

Anna Kendrick and Jimmy Fallon took turns smashing eggs on their heads last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.


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An Open Letter to My Daughter

Chelsea Renee,

Not so long ago, in a not so distant place, we met for the first time. You came into my life like a sweet ray of sunshine. I remember looking down at you and thinking “she is all mine.” She is mine to love, protect, teach and watch grow into something amazing. I remember thinking it’s all up to me on what she will become in this world. What I teach her and what she sees from me will have a huge effect on the person she will be.   I was so young and had no idea what I was doing. All I knew is that I was going to do anything and everything to make sure you never wanted for anything. I hope you know that.


When you were a baby there were many nights where I stayed awake for hours just to watch you sleep and wondered what your future self would turn out to be. What color your prom dress would be? What type of student you would be? What type of teenager you would be? What kind of woman you would be? As I wondered about all of those things I just kept praying that whatever your future self would be, it would be good. I hope you know that.

As you got a little older, family dynamics changed but there were more people for us to love. I am sure sometimes you must have thought that I may have not paid as much attention to you as you would have wanted. You, my sweet girl, never left the front of my mind and my heart. I would watch you as you would play in the yard with your soccer ball and just think to myself how blessed I was at that moment to have someone that loves me so unconditionally. I hope you know that.

As you became a teenager and I had a hyper active toddler to raise, you seemed to become more reserved and distant. It may have seemed that I was caught up in raising my son and forgetting my daughter. That is something I could never do. Your smile, your laugh, that special way you know just what to say to make me feel like a great mom – those things are unforgettable. I hope you know that.

Right now with your graduation near you are going through what is, in your eyes, the toughest part of your life. You are at a threshold where you look back at your childhood while looking forward to your adulthood. You think you have no direction. You think you may not make it. You are scared and wondering what does the next chapter hold. Whatever may happen, however your chapters in life end, I will be there at each one to be your guide, to be your rock, to be your mom. I hope you know that.

Throughout all of these years you and I have grown up together. I never wanted to be your best friend. I was born to be your mother. I have always been prepared to be smirked at and to be shunned when your friends are around, but what I have never been fully prepared for is you growing up and not needing me. I know you will be successful and I hope you will have every joy possible in this life, but a part of me will always want you to need your mommy. I hope you know that.

Finally, you Chelsea Renee, are a shining star in the darkest of nights. You are so many wonderful things for so many people. I am so proud that you are the future of this family and this world. You are the one that has taught me so much about how to give unselfishly and to love unconditionally. I will forever be grateful to you. To my little redhead, I love you. I hope you know that.


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Billboard Top 5: Covered – Kyson Facer

"See You Again" Kyson & Jada Facer

The Billboard Top 5: Covered May 12, 2015

Each Tuesday we compile our favorite covers of the top 5 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is this week’s edition of The Billboard Top 5 : Covered featuring Kyson Facer, Jada Facer, William Singe, Vidi Aldiano, Clark Beckham, Kurt Huge Schneider and Kyle & Devin. They cover the hottest songs in the country right now by the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, Fetty Wap, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, The Weekend and Walk The Moon. This week also features an awesome bonus cover of “Style”. Originally by Taylor Swift, Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox cover it in the style of 1959 with the help of Annie Goodchild and Von Smith.

These videos are all available in a video playlist powered by Huzzaz.

#1 “See You Again” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

Kyson Facer and Jada Facer cover ‘See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth

#2 “Trap Queen” Fetty Wap

William Singe covers “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap

#3 “Uptown Funk!” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Vidi Aldiano covers “Uptown Funk” By Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars

#4 “Earned It” The Weekend

Clark Beckham covers “Earned It” by The Weekend on American Idol

#5 “Shut Up And Dance” Walk The Moon

Kurt Hugo Schneider joins Kyle & Devin covering “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon

Bonus Cover

“Style” Taylor Swift

Annie Goodchild, Von Smith, Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox cover “Style” by Taylor Swift
Postmodern Jukebox will be in St. Louis on June 3 at The Pageant

See all of the videos featured in The Billboard Top 5: Covered in this playlist powered by Huzzaz.

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STL Weekend Events: May 14-17


The St. Louis Weekend Guide for Thursday, May 14th through Sunday, May 17th, 2015.

Sip into Spring: The wine is selected, the date is set, and sweet spring weather is on its way! Three Sixty’s Annual Sip into Spring event is back. Enjoy an exclusive five course dinner paired with wines from the Dierberg & Star Lane winery. Guests can look forward to tasting delicious bites from our new spring menu. Tickets are $45.

Date: Thursday, May 14
Time: 6-9pm
Place: Three Sixty Rooftop Bar – 1 S Broadway

Feast in the Park: It’s the first Feast Week of 2015. Get ready for food trucks and live music. In addition to the food trucks, Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard will also be selling their wine. You can also BYOB. The food truck line-up this week is: 2 Girls 4 Wheels, Bayou Ribs, Bombay Food Junkies, Curbside Cookery, Go Gyro Go!, Holy Crepe!, Kona Ice, Le Tejana Taqueria, The Meltdown, Russo’s, Trucktoria, Slice of the Hill, Steak Louie, Taste-D-Burger, Vincent Van Doughnut, Walkaway Waffles, and Wing Nuts.

Date: May 14
Time: 5-8pm
Place: Faust Park – 15185 Olive Blvd

2nd Thursday at Foundry Arts: The Foundry Art Centre and Saint Charles Riverfront Arts invites one and all to their jointly hosted community arts series entitled “2nd Thursdays” at the Foundry Art Centre. This is a unique, family-friendly community arts series where guests can be creative: Draw with Artists, Paint with Painters, Create with Potters, Make Jewelry with Jewelers, Write with Writers, Act with Actors, Dance with Dancers, and listen to live original music. Food trucks will be on site and there will be a cash bar. Admission is free.

Date: May 14
Time: 5:30-8pm
Place: Foundry Art Centre – 520 N Main

American Craft Beer Week: ACBW is Monday through Sunday and offers a different event each day. Thursday is Casks & Cheese where Chef Andrew Fair will offer cheese pairings with unique UCBC cask ales all day. Friday is Cards & Craft BeerDay. Wear Cardinals or UCBC gear to Midtown Brewery or Grove Brewery and get $4 STLIPAs! With the Detroit Tigers in town for the weekend, we’ll also feature three guest taps from Michigan brewery Jolly Pumpkin! Saturday is Oktoberfest in May. Come down for German food, German music, and Masskrugstemmen (stein holding contest). And finally Sustainability Sunday – take Metro St. Louis or ride your bike to the Grove Brewery and receive $3 Zwickels!

Date: May 14-17
Time: all day
Place: Urban Chestnut – 3229 Washington Ave

Bud & Burger Fridays: The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch will be showcasing burgers each Friday in May with a Burger Cook-Off featuring burgers, beer and live music. The menu each week will feature three different specialty burgers. Customers 21 and older will be able to order a combo featuring three sliders and homemade chips, as well as a 16 oz. Budweiser draft for $8. Those under 21 can order the combo without the beer for $5. The Well Hungarians will provide the music each week.

Date: May 15
Time: 4-7pm
Place: A-B Biergarten – 12th & Lynch

Art on the Square: An annual juried fine art show now in its 14th year. Featuring the original works of over 100 accomplished artists from around the world, fantastic musical and stage performances as well as delicious local food and drink, Art on the Square is a three-day sensation for the eyes, ears and palate. Children will enjoy Art on the Square’s extensive and interactive children’s art section where they will create their own take-away art projects. Enjoy bands including: Dixie All-Stars, Power Play, Soul Shake, and more.

Date: May 15
Time: Fri: 5-10pm, Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 11am-5pm
Place: Downtown Belleville – Main St

Fine Art Fair & Winefest: If the weather is nice and you’re up for a drive, check out this event in Washington, Mo. The 34th Annual Downtown Washington Fine Art Fair & Winefest is a unique festival in the heart of Missouri wine country that draws visitors each spring from across the Midwest. Complimentary cheese and crackers are provided in the tasting area under the wine tent, with a variety of snacks and gourmet foods on sale in the festival area. Enjoy live music and art all weekend. Admission to the wine tasting is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and includes a souvenir wineglass. Visitors to the wine tasting area will also have the opportunity to win a special wine basket prepared by a participating winery. Sip and Savor Sunday is designed to provide seasoned wine tasting guests or first time visitors with a truly memorable experience that will allow them to celebrate spring, indulge their senses and learn more about pairing great area restaurant foods with fabulous Missouri wines.

Date: May 15-17
Time: Fri: 4-10pm, Sat: 10am-10pm, Sun: 10-4pm
Place: Washington Farmers Market – 317 W Main St

Bark in the Park: A 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk and Festival fundraiser to help homeless animals at the Humane Society of Missouri. The event begins with a pancake breakfast before the run. Run begins at 9am at Cricket & Grand Dr. 1 mile walk begins at 10am. From 10am-1pm enjoy performances by the Purina Incredible Dog Team, test your dog’s skills at the Agility Course, meet the world-famous Barn Buddies from Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, bid on fabulous prizes at the silent auction, browse the pet vendors and rescue groups, play fun activities with the kids, and enter to win challenges and giveaways for you and your pooch.

Date: Saturday, May 16
Time: 8am-1pm
Place: Forest Park – Cricket Field

Soulard Crawfish Boil: What started out as a small gathering backyard boil among high school friends has turned into the best party of the year! Come on down and jam your grill full of the sickest beer-can chicken, mud bugs, jumbo shrimp, potatoes, corn, cratch made jambalaya, and “new this year” red beans and rice, that you have ever had. Wash it down with a few barley pops or your favorite cocktail, while you dance the night away with Live Music from Leslie Nillissen, Pedestrians, Big Chief, and other live entertainment. Bring the kiddos for free and treat them to creative face painting and Rio snow cones. Bring your favorite sippy cup, or be one of the first 250 to get in to get a free party souvenir cup with admission. Tickets are $40 and proceeds go to the Cancer Support Community of St. Louis.

Date: May 16
Time: 3-11pm
Place: 912 Geyer Ave

Cherokee Lemp History Fair: Come down to Cherokee Antique Row for a day of live music from Animal Children, South City Troubadors, Mathew VanDoren, and Dave Stone, plus a scavenger hunt, free prizes, a walking tour of more than 30 plaques describing 200 years of area history and as always great shopping for antiques and collectibles from St. Louis’s largest antique and specialty shopping district. Pick up scavenger hunt sheet at Ruth’s Vintage and hop shop to shop with your clues to win gift certificates and goodies from Cherokee businesses! Check out the Vintage Bike Show featuring a fleet of motorcycles & scooters.

Date: May 16
Time: 11am-4pm
Place: Cherokee Street

Taste of Maplewood:This 7th Annual Festival brings together foodies, shoppers and music lovers to enjoy the bites, sights and sounds of a city known for everything hip and happening! Visitors will enjoy live entertainment on two stages, including performances by Spin The Bottle, Old Salt Union, Studio Forte, St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase produced by the Fox Performing Arts Foundation, Giant Steps St. Louis, Maplewood Fire Department, Focal Point Acoustic Jam, and more. Come see The Best of the Taste of Maplewood food and drink contest, where vendors battle for bragging rights to have their vittles and libations hailed the “Best Of” by celebrity judges, including George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine, Catherine Neville of Feast Magazine, and Lern from KSHE95.

Date: May 16
Time: 12-9pm
Place: Sutton & Manchester

Edwardsville Glen Carbon Pizza Prowl: 14 restaurants. 3 hours. 1 day. Patrons with wristbands will be pizza-hopping from restaurant to restaurant to taste a sample of each restaurant’s pizza, then voting on their favorites. Restaurants include: Dewey’s, Peel, Bull & Bear, Casey’s, Social Gastropub, Domino’s, HotShots, and more. Proceeds will benefit a non-for-profit organizaton called A Hero’s Impact Foundation. In addition, a live benefit auction will be conducted by Maynard’s Auction Service at 1:30pm auctioning gift cards, gift certificates, and many other surprises from participating restaurants and local businesses. Adult tickets are $10. Kids 12 & under: $8.

Date: May 16
Time: 10am-1pm
Place: Woodland School – 59 South State Rte. 157

Craft Beer Cellar 1st Anniversary: Craft Beer Cellar is turning ONE on May 16. Come join us for an awesome party celebrating you. This free event is going on all day and features special beers from Perennial, Civil Life, 4 Hands, and 2nd Shift. Steve’s Hotdogs will be on-site from 12-4pm. There will be giveaways and prizes all day long!

Date: May 16
Time: 10am – 10pm
Place: CBC – 8113 Maryland Ave

St. Louis Renaissance Faire: The 2015 Renaissance Faire starts this Saturday. This long-standing event brings you the adventure, excitement, and spirit of the Renaissance! This weekend’s theme is High Seas Adventure – Pirate Weekend. There will be a tattoo competition, Best Beard Competition, a Root Beer Chug, and costume contest. Check out live armoured jousting, shop for unique crafts as our artisans demonstrate period skills like blacksmithing and woodworking. Delight in comedy, music, magic, and more on nine stages of non-stop entertainment! Feast on delicious food and drink from the far reaches of the globe, and interact with the colorful villagers, nobles, peasants and characters of ages past. Children will love the petting zoo, games, and daily free activities. Adults will enjoy beer, wine, and mead at our three thematic pubs! Additional daily packages include: pub crawl, happy hour, and romantic rendezvous.

Date: May 16 – June 14
Time: 10am – 6pm
Place: Rotary Park – 2577 West Meyer Rd

STL Swap Meet: It’s finally here: Opening Day for the St. Louis Swap Meet- the only Sunday market in St. Louis. Over 100 vendors selling hand made items, Food, Vintage, Furniture, Toys, and more. We’ve got a little bit of everything located at the historic Lemp Brewery on Cherokee St in Marine Ville just south of the Anheuser Busch Brewery! Some vendors include: Rack + Clutch, Rebel Roots, Caramel Apple Company, The Good Stuff, Usborne Books & More, White Russian, Tenth Life Cat Rescue, Kakao Chocolate, Concordia Gymnastic Society, Owl Eye Vintage, Twisted Biscuts, STL Junkie, Deep Fried Vintage, The Fashion Lane, and many more. Free parking and free admission.

Date: Sunday, May 17
Time: 10am-3pm
Place: Lemp & Cherokee

Strawberry Festival: This is the weekend to share with family and friends. And what better place to share it than the family farm! Enjoy outdoor festival foods and live entertainment at this old-fashioned all-American festival. Free wagon rides. Kids activities include pony rides, children’s play area, petting farm, carnival rides, and inflatable. Strawberry treats in the bakery, custard shop and restaurant! Fee charged for some activities.

Date: May 16 & 17
Time: 10am – 5pm
Place: Eckert’s – Belleville, IL

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Monday Roundup: Anna Kendrick In The Shower

Monday May 11, 2015

New Orange Is The New Black Season 3 Trailer

We’re getting closer to June 12 when season 3 of Orange Is The New Black premieres on Netflix. Here’s the newest trailer. Here are some predictions Jessica made about season 3 of OITNB after finishing season 2.


Hanson Joins Ed Sheeran To Rock Scottrade Center

Hanson was a late addition as the opening act last night for Ed Sheeran at Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis.  Sheeran and the three Hanson brothers were the only musicians to grace the stage last night as Sheeran’s performance conisted of just himself and his guitar. Sheeran also proudly sported an “I Love Hanson” shirt during his performance.

Kevin Johnson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said the show is “destined to go down as one of the year’s most memorable shows”. STLToday also has a photo gallery from the Ed Sheeran show at Scottrade center that featured Hanson as the opening act.

Foy Vance was originally supposed to open the show but couldn’t at the last minute. The Hanson brothers played an acoustic set instead

Anna Kendrick In The Shower

Anna Kendrick in the shower
YouTube ScreenShot

Anna Kendrick may make some questionable choices with her movie roles, but she’s pretty amazing overall. Kendrick and Glamour recently made this video titled “Anna Kendrick’s Take On Shower Thoughts” based on Nick Offerman’s shower thoughts. Kendrick drops some heavy stuff like her take on releasing a Groundhog Day sequel.


Fox Cancels American Idol

Fox announced that American Idol‘s 15th season next Spring will be its last. The show will keep its current format for its last season but will also bring back former contestants and judges as they celebrate the show’s history. Some American Idol winners have seen major success such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCreery, while others like Kris Allen, David Cook, and Lee DeWyze haven’t seen major success but have played solid shows recently around St. Louis.

David Cook will be in St. Louis on June 5 for a show at Old Rock House.

John Oliver Takes On US Paid Family Leave Policies

John Oliver drops truths on us each week and this week is no different. This week, he pointed out the sappy Mother’s Day commercials that companies in the U.S. put out while not offering mothers enough paid family leave.


Self-Driving Cars In Accidents

The people that fear robots taking over the world will likely use this report about accidents involving self-driving cars to prove their fears are valid. In two of the four accidents, the cars were in self-driving mode whereas in the other two incidents the driver was manually driving it. Even though a car is self-driving, a person must still be behind the wheel while the cars are being tested on the roads of California. The companies behind the self-driving cars in the accidents, Google and Delphi, both said their cars were not at fault in any of the accidents. All four of the accidents were deemed minor and involved the cars traveling at less than 10 MPH. A total of 48 cars have been licensed to test on public roads.

Allen Craig sent To Minors

Former St. Louis Cardinals player Allen Craig has been struggling quite a bit with his new team, the Boston Red Sox. Actually, struggling is probably underselling what is happening with Craig. Allen Craig was an All-Star in 2013, twice finished a season with a batting average ranked in the Top 10 of National League hitters and was a major weapon for the Cardinals in the postseason while in St. Louis. Craig was optioned to the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’s Triple-A affiliate, over the weekend. Craig had appeared at the plate 59 times so far this season for Boston and was batting .135. Allen Craig was traded to Boston by the Cardinals last year along with Joe Kelly for Corey Littrell, John Lackey and cash. He’s set to make $5.5 million this year, $9 million next year and $11 million in 2017, when he’ll be 32 years old. The Red Sox hold and option for 2018 valued at $13 million. Ben Cherington, Boston’s general manager, told a Boston-area sports talk show last year that the team was not worried about an injury Craig had suffered to his left foot/ankle while in St. Louis.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Again Takes Weekend Box Office

Avengers: Age of Ultron stayed atop the weekend box office in its second weekend of release. The blockbuster sequel brought in $77.2 million domestically. In 10 days of release, the $250 million dollar film has brought in $312.6 million in the domestic markets and just shy of $875 million worldwide. Back in 2012, Marvel’s The Avengers brought in $103 million in its second weekend, the only movie to bring in more than Age of Ultron in its second weekend. That original film brought in $1.5 billion worldwide during its theater run.

Hot Pursuit took the second spot in its debut, pulling in $13.3 million. With a budget of $35 million, studio executives can’t be happy with that figure. The Age of Adaline brought in $5.6 million in its third weekend of release to round out the top three.

I’ll have more on the numbers on Thursday in my Weekend Movie Guide. I’ll also talk about Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2, both of which open in wide release this weekend.

Vacation Trailer

On July 29, 2015 the Griswolds will again take a road trip to Walley World. This Vacation movie trailer may not be suitable for all audiences.


Washington University School of Medicine Students Film “Uptown Funk” Parody

Students at the Washington University School of Medicine filmed this “Uptown Funk” parody titled ‘First Year Funk” about the perils of being a first year student in the School of Medicine.

Florida Georgia Line Talks “Bro Country” With Dan Rather

The Florida Georgia Line guys sat down with Dan Rather on AXS TV to talk about “Bro Country”. Tyler Hubbard and  Brian Kelley say they aren’t upset by people giving that label to their music as long as thousands of people are showing up to their shows and enjoying their music. Dan Rather thinks the “bro” in “Bro Country” stands for “brother” and means people see elements of rap and hip-hop in the music. A small tidbit of that is true, but I don’t think he’s really all there at 83. Here’s what “Bro Country” is according to Wikipedia.

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Slide The City Coming To Downtown St. Louis In July

Downtown St. Louis will feature a 1,000-foot water slide down Market Street this July thanks to the folks at Slide the City.

On July 11th and 12th the giant water slide will be set up on Market Street between Jefferson Avenue and 20th Street.  Shop N’ Save and CBS Radio are partially responsible for bringing the event to St. Louis. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank. It’s estimated that the Foodbank will receive upwards of $15,000 from the event.

Everyone is welcome to come out and watch the festivities for free, but anyone wishing to ride the slide will need to buy a ticket before they slide. Three different tiers of ticket will be available, Single Slider, Tripple Slider and Unlimited Slider. Single Slider runs $13-$24 depending on when you buy, Tripple Slider (three slides) wristbands run $25-$45 and Unlimited Slider wristbands run $5-$65.

There are some rules sliders must adhere to, such as being six years old or older and taller than 3’10”. All sliders must also be on an inflatable tube when going down the slide.

Slide The City coming to St. Louis July 11-12, 2015

Slide the City partners with cities across the country to put on these events. Just this month, the company has events in Columbus (GA), Phoenix (AZ), El Paso (TX) and Pensacola (FL), among other cities. As far as Missouri locations go, the company has already been granted approval in O’ Fallon, Missouri to roll out their slide on July 25 and 26 along Mexico Road near Ft. Zumwalt West High School. The city of O’ Fallon is creating a huge event around Slide with food trucks, live entertainment and “other activities for slide-goers”. The company also has plans to stage the event in Kansas City and Columbia in August.

Slide the City has come under fire in some cities, such as San Francisco, by “killjoys” who see it as a waste of water. Slide the City has a page on their website about their water conservation efforts.

Slide the City is the brainchild of John Malfatto, who is also behind events like Dirty Dash, Color Me Rad and Lanternfest. The first Slide event was held in 2013 in Salt Lake City and now the company plans to stage events in 100 locations in the U.S. and Canada in 2015. More than 4,000 sliders, on average, went down the slide in each location they staged the event in during 2014. The company typically partners with a local non-profit in each city they stage an event. In this case, the St. Louis Area Foodbank, will be the non-profit that will provide the 150 or so volunteers necessary to stage the event and will receive part of the event’s profits in return.

Tickets for Slide the City in downtown St. Louis on July 11-12 officially go on sale on May 12 through  Through a partnership with Shop ‘n Save, however, those interested have been able to buy tickets in advance and at a special price for a few days now. That deal expires today, unfortunately.

Here’s a little preview of what to expect when Slide the City comes to St. Louis on July 11-12, 2015.


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